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CSOs call for prosecution of sacked DSS DG

CSOs call for prosecution of sacked DSS DG

A coalition of 70 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) yesterday called for the prosecution of the sacked Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, over abuse of public office.

The CSOs, in a statement in Abuja, condemned the actions of the DSS and other security agencies for laying siege to the National Assembly and preventing lawmakers from gaining entry into the legislative complex on the strength of a purported “order from above.”

They said: “It is our concern that today’s barricade of the National Assembly represents a series of undemocratic actions by the executive arm of government that poses major questions about Nigeria’s practice of democracy. This falls into a growing list of deliberate attempt to undermine the constitutional order by this government.

The coalition, which is under the aegis of Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, said it noted with serious concern, growing attack on constitutionalism in Nigeria and brazen acts of impunity by elected officials.

“The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room) condemns as despicable and a serious threat to Nigeria’s democracy, the actions of the DSS, Nigeria Police and security forces, in barricading the gates of the National Assembly and preventing the functioning of an independent arm of government.

“These actions are unconstitutional and negate Nigeria’s democratic development, putting almost 20 years of Nigeria’s Fourth Republic in great crisis and danger.

“Nigeria’s constitution and laws and the National Assembly Rules define clear procedures for removal of presiding officers. Seeking to forcibly and violently interfere with the leadership of the National Assembly points to dictatorship.

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